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Climbing the 199 steps of Cape May Lighthouse is a rite of passage on the Jersey Shore. The view from atop the lighthouse covers all points of interest along the shore from north to south and east and west. Bring your camera and a bottle of water for the ascent. The "Oil House" near the base of the lighthouse houses the visitor center with a museum that shares the lighthouse's story. Use our Cape May road trip planning site to arrange your visit to Cape May Lighthouse and other attractions in Cape May.
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Lovely area with a lot of free parking and beach access; great for photos. also there is a hawk watch area there from an elevated platform.
Lovely area with a lot of free parking and beach access; great for photos. also there is a hawk watch area there from an elevated platform. more »
I have climbed the Cape May Lighthouse many times over the years and I picked a crisp winter day to climb the lighthouse on this visit. Talk about a wonderful view on a clear sunny blue day. You...
I have climbed the Cape May Lighthouse many times over the years and I picked a crisp winter day to climb the lighthouse on this visit. Talk about a wonderful view on a clear sunny blue day. You... more »
The view is definitely worth the 199 stair climb. Don't worry there are landings every 30 steps or so. I purchased my lighthouse passport book in the museum and got my first stamp today! The nature trails are easily accessible to wheelchairs, strollers and pedestrians. Today was a great day to see migrating birds and so many bird watchers were there with their cameras and bird watching equipment. As a motorcycle passenger and rider, my husband and I are making our way around the state visiting the light houses of NJ. This was our 3rd one this year and was definitely worth the two hour scenic ride.
Visit time and again, and you can always enjoy something new. There is more to see than the lighthouse. Today we walked out to the nature observation decks and hiked a trail that ran along the dunes and returned with a stroll down the beach back toward the lighthouse (all we trekked was pet friendly). There are other nature walks that go deeper into the protected lands where bird watching is amazing (but this hike does not welcome pets). There is a small lighthouse museum, picnic facilities, and of course, the beautiful lighthouse, all nestled in Cape May Point, a lovely place to drive through a see in the southern-most point of NJ. This would be a great bike ride, or drive there and then hike the area. It is also a great visit any time of year - we arrived in January and enjoyed the slower crowds on a sunny day in the low 50s.
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